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The New Mistress A Tale   By: (1831-1909)

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In George Manville Fenn's The New Mistress, readers are transported to an enchanting world of Victorian England where secrets, love, and unexpected twists reign supreme. Set in the idyllic countryside, this tale revolves around a family grappling with an unexpected addition to their home.

The narrative opens with the arrival of the new mistress, Miss Hepburn, who is tasked with caring for the household. Fenn masterfully introduces readers to a cast of well-defined characters, each carrying their own burdens and desires. The host family itself is intriguing, particularly Mr. Wilton, a widower, and his two daughters, Ethel and Janet. As the story progresses, Fenn adeptly delves into their complex emotional states, showcasing the stark differences in their personalities.

One of the key elements that make this novel shine is Fenn's expert storytelling. He effortlessly weaves together various plotlines, ensuring a constant stream of surprises that keep readers eagerly turning pages. The interaction between characters is vividly portrayed, ensuring readers are fully invested in their individual journeys.

Furthermore, Fenn's attention to detail is admirable. His meticulous descriptions of the English countryside evoke a sense of nostalgia and tranquility, making readers feel as if they are strolling along the same paths as the characters. The vivid imagery and well-researched historical context create a rich backdrop for the unfolding drama.

Another strength of The New Mistress lies in its exploration of the complex nature of love and relationships. Fenn tackles love triangles, unrequited affections, and family dynamics with a keen eye, showcasing the intricacies of the heart. Readers are certain to develop a deep connection with the characters as they navigate the labyrinth of emotions.

While the story encompasses various themes and genres, it is primarily a romance novel. The tender moments between characters are beautifully written, evoking a genuine emotional response from readers. Fenn strikes a delicate balance between passion and subtlety, ensuring that the romance is not overpowering, but rather enhances the overall narrative.

However, some readers might find the pace of the novel to be slow at times. Fenn pays meticulous attention to detail, which can occasionally distract from the main plot. Nevertheless, for those who appreciate thorough character development and an atmospheric setting, this may not be a significant concern.

In conclusion, The New Mistress is a captivating tale that effortlessly combines elements of romance, mystery, and family drama. Fenn's skilled storytelling, memorable characters, and evocative descriptions create an engaging reading experience. Fans of Victorian literature will be enchanted by this intricate and heartfelt narrative.

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The New Mistress, by George Manville Fenn.




"Remember, Hazel," said Mrs Thorne, "remember this we may be reduced in circumstances; we may have been compelled by misfortune to come down into this wretched little town, and to live in this miserable, squeezy, poorly furnished house or cottage, with the light kept out by the yellow glass, and scarcely a chimney that does not smoke; we may be compelled to dress shab "

"Yes, yes, mother dear "

" Bily ," said Mrs Thorne, with indignant emphasis on account of the interruption, "but remember this, Hazel, you are a lady."

"Forgive me for interrupting you, mother."

" Mamma , Hazel," said the lady, drawing herself up with great dignity. "If we are by a cruel stroke of fate compelled to live in a state of indigence when pride has made my eldest child refuse the assistance of my relatives, I still maintain that I have a right to keep up my old and ladylike title mamma."

"But, dear, I am only a schoolmistress now a national schoolmistress, and it would sound full of foolish assumption if I called you mamma. And are you not my dear, dear mother! There, there, good bye, dear," cried the speaker, kissing her affectionately; "and mind the dinner is done, for I shall be, oh, so hungry... Continue reading book >>

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